Friday, May 2, 2008

Vegetarian Biryani

This is from a friend, it was as close as I could come to having an authentic biryani that was meat-less. And the presentation was lovely. I tweaked the recipe a bit, and it turned out really well.

Vegetarian Biryani (serves 4)

1 cup Basmati Rice
1 head of Cauliflower, cut into florets
1 cup Green Peas
1 cup Carrots, chopped
1 cup French Beans, chopped
1 cup Potatoes, chopped
1 Cardamom
1 Clove
2-3 Peppercorns
1 tsp Cumin
1 Bay Leaf
1 pinch Saffron Threads

Marinade for the Vegetables:

2 large Onions, sliced
3/4 cup Yogurt
1 tsp Chilli Powder
1 tsp Garam Masala
1 tsp Ground Coriander
1 tsp Ground Cumin
Salt, to taste

Preheat oven at 350 deg F.
Wash vegetables and pat dry. Mix all the ingredients for the marinade.
Marinate the veggies for an hour.
Cook the rice and spread onto a plate to cool.
Lightly roast the saffron and sprinkle over the rice.
Heat the oil in a separate pan and season with the whole spices. Add the veggies and saute for 5 minutes.
Add a little water and cook till done.
Arrange alternate layers of rice and veggies in a baking dish.
Bake at 350 deg F for 20 minutes.

This is my entry for Meeta's Monthly Mingle: Bollywood Cooking.


Vaishali said...

Nice-looking biryani, Arundhati. This is something I will definitely bookmark.

Medhaa said...

Lovely dish Arundati, Sindhi's normally make it this way using meat or vegetables.

Jamie said...

Honestly, I was looking for a Vegetable Biryani recipe just yesterday! Thank you so much!

Arundathi said...

@ Vaishali - Thanks! :)

@ Medhaa - oh didnt know that - I thought this was quite clever - I'm now convinced that I love Sindhi food! lol!

@ Jamie - :) thats a coincidence! Enjoy!

Nandita said...

Glad to see u blogging with so much speed...each time i visit your blog, u have four new posts :)

Nice veg biryani recipe...will try it out :) looks like You guys had a whale of a time at the chennai foodbloggers meet - hope to catch up with some of you when im there next :)

Arundathi said...

Nandita - yeah not sure why, but just entering these events keeps me blogging a lot! lol! definitely we'll meet up - let us know when you're coming

Ranjani said...

YUM!that looks so good:)
I'm so hungover and have the muchies right now, I just want to reach over and grab the biryani

Sig said...

Wow girl, you are on a roll... :) That veggie biryani looks delicious..

Arundathi said...

Thanks Ranjani - would send it over if I could! :)

Sig - yup! back with a bang! thanks!

Meeta K said...

This is looking awesome! I love biryanis in any form and this is perfect for the Mingle! Thank you!

Arundathi said...

Thx Meeta - looking fwd to the round-up!

Arfi Binsted said...

one word: DELICIOUS!!!

Arundathi said...

Thanks Arfi - Love your blog!

workhard said...

Looks very delicious.. i like veg biryani cause its light..

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Food Crazy said...

Nice Blog. Nice Recipe